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Economic hardship: Lagos police vow to clamp down on protesters

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Economic hardship: Lagos police vow to clamp down on protesters
Economic hardship: Lagos police vow to clamp down on protesters

The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to clamp down on protesters who try to impede the free flow of traffic while protesting.

This was made known by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, on Sunday.

According to him, the police are aware of the plan by some people to protest in the state and will ensure that necessary measures are put in place for the safety of the lives and property of Lagosians.

He stressed that nothing would hinder the free flow of traffic or a peaceful environment to let residents carry out their lawful duties.

This is coming on the heels of protests breaking out from some states on the high cost of living and soaring food prices which the demonstrators alleged were becoming unbearable.

The recent being in Ibadan as youths hit the street to protest.

The PUNCH observed that protesters gathered around the Mokola area in the state wielding placards with various inscriptions such as ‘End food hike and inflation,’ ‘The poor are starving,’ and ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises,’ among others.

They were also chanting songs to show their grievances.

However, reacting to a proposed protest in the state, Lagos police wrote on X, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade, mni has assured Lagosians that the Command has put necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of lives and property, free flow of traffic and a peaceful environment for carrying out their respective lawful duties.

“This assurance has become imperative following news making the rounds about nationwide protests billed to start on Monday, February 26, 2024, an action capable of grounding commercial activities and obstructing the free flow of traffic.

“The Command will live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons.

Adegoke, therefore, warns all intending protesters that anyone found infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Adegoke also enjoined all peace-loving Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure their safety and security.

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